Council Minutes from 7/14/2004
 

REGULAR MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL OF THE BOROUGH OF KENILWORTH  HELD ON WEDNESDAY EVENING, JULY 14, 2004.  MAYOR GREGG DAVID PRESIDED.

ROLL CALL

Roll Call at 8:00 P.M. showed the following Council Members present:   Carmela Colosimo,

Peter Corvelli, Alan Jankunas and Robert Taylor.   Ed Galasso and Fred Soos were absent.

Mayor David read the requirements of the Open Public Meetings Act.

The Salute to the Flag was led by Mayor David.

MINUTES

It was moved by Colosimo, seconded by Taylor and carried, the Work Session Meeting of June 22; the Regular Meeting of June 23; the Special Meeting of June 30 and the Special Meeting of July 7, 2004 be dispensed with and approved as submitted.  (Copies furnished each Council Member prior to the meeting.)

PRESENTATIONS

Mayor David and Councilman Taylor presented Certificates of Appreciation to the following:

1.      Schering-Plough in appreciation of the invaluable services rendered by the donation of paint & painting of the interior of the Recreation Center.

2.      Carpet Baggers in appreciation of the invaluable services rendered in donating and installing new carpeting in the Recreation Center.

3.      Hannon Floor Coverings in appreciation of the invaluable services rendered in donating and installing new tile in the Recreation Center.

Their kindness and generosity is greatly appreciated by all.

COMMUNICATIONS AND PETITIONS

  1. Letter from Teresa Zengewald, 612 Richfield Avenue, requesting permission to hold a Block Party on July 31, 2004.
  2. Letter from Nicole Prescott-Ingra, 325 Roosevelt Lane, reporting hazardous condition of the road in front of her home.
  3. Request from David Brearley Athletic Booster Club for an ad in their “Fall Sports Program Book”.
  4. Letter from Kenilworth Hall of Fame Chairman inviting Mayor and Council to attend their Annual Golf Event on September 19, 2004.

It was moved by Corvelli, seconded by Jankunas and carried, that the above communications be received and filed and any money amounts indicated be spread over the minutes.

REPORTS

           

1.      Police Department Report for the month of June, 2004.

2.      Construction Department Report for the month of June, 2004.

3.      Borough Clerk’s Report for the month of June, 2004.

4.      Rahway Valley Sewerage Authority Meeting Minutes of May 20, 2004.

REPORT OF COMMITTEES

MAYOR’S REPORT

Mayor David read the following thank you letters into the minutes: 

            Dear Mayor David:

                I would like to express my appreciation for your Pride in Kenilworth Award.  The award

                will be used to buy books in September at St. Peter’s College.  Since moving to

                Kenilworth 10 years ago I feel I live in the greatest town.  I am especially proud of this

                award.

                Very Truly,

                Joseph Scanzillo

                Dear Mayor David:

                I am extremely grateful to have received the Pride in Kenilworth Scholarship.  I am

                honored to have been recognized by the town which I have spent my entire life.  Your

                generosity is much appreciated.  As I am looking forward to college.  It was very kind of

                you to provide our school with such a scholarship.

                Thank you,

                Lindsey Czarnecki

                Dear Mayor David:

                Thank you so much for your generous gift that you gave to me.  I really appreciate it. 

                You have made my graduation a very memorable one for me.  I can not thank you

                enough.  You are a great Mayor and have made a difference to my city, Kenilworth. 

                I am sure all your hard work and dedication could not have been made without you.

                Thank you so much for everything you have done and good luck in the future.  Take

                care.

                Thank You,

                Liliana Pereira

Mayor David mentioned that the State has a new Program called “NJ Stars” which will pay full tuition and fees at NJ community colleges for any Garden State seniors who graduate at the top 20% of their high school class. 

DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE

Councilman Corvelli reported that the Tax Office has changed their business hours from 8:30 to 4:30 PM.  The Committee will discuss Borough compensation at a later date.  Councilman Corvelli stated that Kenilworth will receive extraordinary aid in the amount of $210,000.00 and $50,000.00 from Homeland Security, this money will ease the tax burden for the residents.  The Municipal share of the budget will a 0% increase.

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS

Councilman Jankunas reported the retaining wall should be completed within a week.  The leaf machines are being worked to prepare for the fall.

 

REPORT OF COMMITTEES  (CONT)

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

Councilwoman Colosimo read the following Police Report and letter into the minutes:

There were a total of ninety five hours of training during the month.  Courses attended were on Arson Investigations, Ucert/Swat Training, Breathalyzer Recertification, Harassment In the Workplace and Homicide Investigations.

On June 5th, the PBA. held their Annual Say No To Drugs Fishing Derby.  There were 211 young anglers registered and over 300 in attendance.  The event was a huge success thanks to the efforts of Derby Chairman Michael Devlin.

National Night Out is on Tuesday, August 3rd this year.  If anyone is interested in hosting a block party with your neighbors that night, starting at 6:00 PM or later, please call the Police Chief at 276-1705.  This is a national program and is designed to send a message to the criminal element that neighborhoods are getting together in their efforts to fight crime.  By calling and registering, your party will receive a visit from Detectives of the Police Department, Mayor David and Chief Dowd.

The Police Department is again hosting National Night Out Pre-Night Festivities on Monday, August 2nd in front of Borough Hall between 6:00 and 8:00 PM.  After not having this event last year, it is back by popular demand.  This is always a fun event and this year there will be a Bounce House for children, music by a DJ and law enforcement related exhibits.  There will be FREE hot dogs, sub sandwiches, popcorn and soda.  Residents are urged to come out and meet your Police Officers along with our Mayor and members of the Governing Body.

On the night of July 10th, ten members of the Police Department led by Lt. Ken Grady, conducted a DWI. Sobriety Checkpoint at Market St. and the Boulevard.  The night proved to be very successful.  Three persons were arrested and charged with operating under the influence of alcohol, two persons were charged with possession of cocaine, four drivers had suspended drivers licenses, four vehicles were towed and there were a total of twenty seven summonses issued.  We were selected as one to seven communities in the county to receive funding for this from the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety.  I would like to schedule another checkpoint for the fall, budget permitting.

Dear Chief Dowd:

It is with heartfelt appreciation that we extend our thanks to Officer Obiedzinski and his squad for their assistance and professionalism during our recent medical emergency.  Literally before the 9-1-1 call ended Officer Obiedzinski with his emergency equipment was in our home taking control and bringing calm and comfort to us all.  We are blessed to have the Kenilworth Police and Emergency Services that we do.  May God bless and keep you all safe and healthy.

With Kindness Regards,

Onofino LaTorre and Family

Councilwoman Colosimo and her family thanked the Police Department and Rescue Squad for assisting her brother on that call.

DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING, ZONING, AND ORDINANCES

Councilman Soos was absent.

 DEPARTMENT OF RECREATION, ECOLOGY, LIGHTING AND FIRE

Councilman Taylor expressed his thanks to those who helped renovate the Recreation Center.  The Fire & EMT coverage stipend has taken place and will be in effect for a 6 month period.  Councilman Taylor mentioned that the Summer Parks Program is in effect and the backboards   and swings are up at the 16th Street Park.  A Recreation Committee Meeting is scheduled for

July 15, 2004.

 

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, EDUCATION AND WELFARE

Councilman Galasso was absent.

BILLS

Consolidated Bill List appears on the following pages.  (copy attached)

CONSENT AGENDA

Resolutions No. 1 thru 13 are listed on Consent Agenda and will be enacted by one motion in the form listed below. All items will be recorded individually in full in the minutes.

Council Member Jankunas moved that all items under Consent Agenda be approved, seconded by Council Member Taylor.  Upon roll call the vote was unanimous.

RESOLUTION NO. 1

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That all bills be paid when properly audited and funds are available.

RESOLUTION NO. 2

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That the Chief Finance Officer be authorized to pay necessary bills prior to the next regularly scheduled Council Meeting on August 25, 2004.

RESOLUTION NO. 3

That the Borough Clerk be authorized to issue the following Raffle License:

           

            #799 -    Plainfield Neighborhood Health Services Corporation for an On-Premise

                           50/50 to be held on September 27, 2004 at the Galloping Hill Golf Course.

           

                       

            #800 -    Kenilworth Historical Society for an On-Premise 50/50 to be held on

                          September 18, 2004 in the church parking lot located at 541 Washington

                          Avenue.

                         

RESOLUTION NO. 4

Resolution appears on the following page. (Approval of 2003 Audit Corrective Action Plan)

 

RESOLUTION NO. 5

WHEREAS, the Borough of Kenilworth held a tax sale on June 16, 2004 on delinquent 2003 taxes, and a tax lien was purchased by American Tax Funding, LLC on property located  at 212 N. 9th Street (Block 24.01 Lot 20) and

WHEREAS, the owner of said property has satisfied said lien, together with interest and costs by payment of amount due at the office of the Collector of Taxes, and

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, That the Treasure be and is hereby authorized to draw a warrant to the named lien holder as follows to be refunded upon receipt of the original certificate of sale #04-001 by the Collector of Taxes.

American Tax Funding, LLC

P.O. Box 862658

Orlando, FL  32886-2658

Redemption  $1,530.69                    Premium            $7,000.00

RESOLUTIONS (CONT)

RESOLUTION NO. 6

Resolution appears on the following page. (Permission to hang banner on the Boulevard

                       & Road Closing for Octoberfest)

RESOLUTION NO.7

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That the Preventative Maintenance Contract for HVAC Equipment at the Kenilworth Senior Citizen Building with Correctemp, Inc. be renewed for the period of

July 1, 2004 to June 30, 2005 at a cost of $1,106.00.

RESOLUTION NO. 8

Be It Hereby Resolved:  That the contract for Preventative Maintenance/Service for H.V.A.C. Equipment at the Kenilworth Municipal Building with Correctemp, Inc. be renewed for the period July 1, 2004 to June 30, 2005 at a cost of $1,176.00.

RESOLUTION NO. 9

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That the Mayor’s appointment of Anthony Peters as Fire Sub-Code Official for a term expiring 12/31/05 at a salary of $11,185 per year, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

RESOLUTION NO. 10

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That the Police Department Table of Organization, as attached , be amended as follows:

            Detective Bureau                                             Traffic Bureau

            Sergeant/Lieutenant                                         Lieutenant/Sergeant

RESOLUTION NO. 11

           

Resolution appears on the following page.  (Emergency Resolution-Lafayette Place

          Pumping Station)

RESOLUTION NO. 12

Resolution appears on the following page.  (Resolution to amend the 2004 Budget)

 

RESOLUTION NO. 13

Resolution appears on the following page.  (Adoption of the 2004 Municipal Budget)

RESOLUTION NO. 14

Proposed Ordinance No. 2004-12 was read for second reading as follows:  (Copy appears in the

minutes of June 23, 2004)

2004-12

A BOND ORDINANCE AMENDING AND RESTATING IN ITS ENTIRETY BOND ORDINANCE 2004-08, ENTITLED “A BOND ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING VARIOUS IMPROVEMENTS IN, BY AND FOR THE BOROUGH OF KENILWORTH, IN THE COUNTY OF UNION, NEW JERSEY, APPROPRIATING AN AGGREGATE AMOUNT OF $120,000 THEREFOR AND AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF NOT EXCEEDING $114,000 IN AGGREGATE PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF BONDS OR NOTES TO FINANCE PART OF THE COST THEREOF.”

Mayor David explained that this ordinance covers capital equipment for 2004.  Some of the equipment purchases include a mason dump truck, laptop computers, radar unit, guns, resuscitators, breathing apparatus tanks, computer equipment and router.

Mayor David opened the meeting to the public for any questions or comments on Proposed Ordinance No. 2004-12.

Livio Mancino, No. 24th Street, asked what amount we were bonding out because bonding a bulk amount is the best way to go. He also suggested that local people should be advised in case they have interest in buying the bonds. 

Mayor David closed the meeting to the public.

Introduced by Taylor who also moved its adoption.

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That Proposed Ordinance No. 2004-12, be and the same is hereby passed on second and final reading and ordered published according to law.

Seconded by Jankunas and on roll call unanimously carried.

GENERAL BUSINESS

 Mayor David thanked those who helped renovate the Recreation Center.  He also thanked our Assemblymen for helping the Borough receive Extraordinary Aid.  Mayor David congratulated the Council for adopting the budget with a 0% Municipality increase. 

Councilwoman Colosimo complimented the Finance Committee for doing a great job with the budget especially Councilman Corvelli for pursuing the Extraordinary Aid.  She also thanked

Schering-Plough, Carpet Baggers and Hannon Flooring for their donations. Councilwoman Colosimo stated that street projects should be done in the year that they are appropriated.  There is a Beautification Meeting scheduled for July 15th at 7:30.

Councilman Corvelli stated that the shrubbery work by the Parkway should be done in two weeks.

Councilman Taylor thanked Councilman Corvelli for a job well done on the budget and on the birth of his daughter.  Best wishes to him and his family.

MEETING OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Livio Mancino, No. 24th Street, requested information on acquiring a defibrillator for the school.

Councilman Jankunas will get that information to Mr. Mancino.

Mr. Mancino asked where the money for Homeland Security was applied? 

Mayor David stated the money went directly into easing the tax burden.

Mr. Mancino would like confirmation from our Assemblymen regarding possible grant money for the school budget.

Mr. Mancino questioned who should open the tennis courts.

Joey Grimaldi, No.14th Street, would like a tree planted in front of his home.  Mr. Grimaldi would like to see something done about the traffic and parking problems on his street. 

Mayor David stated that better parking enforcement may help with those vehicles obstructing traffic.

Councilwoman Colosimo will discuss the situation with the Police Chief.

ADJOURNMENT

Motion to go into Closed Session made by Colosimo and seconded by Jankunas.

Returned to Open Session.

Council President Colosimo stated that matters of Contract Negotiations were discussed in Closed Session and no action was taken.

There being no further business to come before the Council, it was moved by Corvelli, seconded by Jankunas and carried, that the meeting be adjourned to the call of the chair.

9:25 P.M.

                                                                                                Respectfully submitted,

                                                                                                Hedy Lipke

                                                                                                Borough Clerk



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